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Guru Nanak:"Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God."
Based on the belief in One God, the Sikh religion recognizes the equality of all human beings, and is marked by rejection of idolatry, ritualism, caste and asceticism. This website serves to heighten the awareness of Sikhism and hopefully can be of some use to seekers of knowledge.

Q102. What do you know of Sri Guru Granth Sahib?

Guru Arjan compiled the Adi Granth popularly known as the Granth which contain the hymns of the first five Gurus and some of the Bhagats of medieval India. He installed this scripture in the Har Mandar in 1604. This copy got into the hands of Dhirmal, the son of Guru Har Gobind. Subsequently some Sikhs forcibly obtained the copy from Dhirmal and presented it to Guru Tegh Bahadur. He returned it to Dhirmal. Guru Gobind Singh dictated the entire Granth to Bhai Mani Singh and incorporated the hymns of Guru Tegh Bahadur, in 1706 at Damdama Sahib. At the time of his death, Guru Gobind singh conferred permanant Gurudom on the Guru Granth Sahib(1708).

The Guru Granth Sahib contains 5894 hymns. The largest number of hymns (2216) were contributed by Guru Arjan. The 937 hymns of fifteen Bhagats and eleven Bhatts whose compositions tallied with the gospel of Sikhism were also included. Here the Hindu, the Muslim, the Brahmin, and the untouchable, meet on an equal footing. From the linguistic point of view, it is a treasury of old "Hindi dialects".

Music forms the basis of the classification of the hymns. They follow a definite metrical system. The total number of Ragas(Raga in Indian classical music means a pattern of melodic notes) is 31. Under each Raga, the hymns are arranged thus: Chaupadas, Ashtapadas, long poems, Chhands, Vars, and poems of Bhagats. The Guru Granth Sahib is written in the Gurmukhi script and contains 1430 pages.

Guru Arjan commenting on the nature of the Granth said: "In this dish are placed three things: Truth, Harmony and Wisdom. These are seasoned with the Name of God which is the basis of all; whoever eats it and relishes it, shall be saved." It is a work of divine inspiration. It is both metaphysical and ethical reality and imagination, mysticism and philosophy. According to Prof. Puran Singh, "it is a scripture for all nations. it is a lyric of divine love, on which all the people of the earth subsist of such glowing lyrical power. The Guru Granth Sahib is of one Song, one Idea and one Life." Guru Arjan wanted the book to be translated into foreign languages because it is the scripture of universal religion. It is a unique treasure, a noble heritage for all mankind.

iWitness Living a Carnage 1984

Chandigarh Tribune Hindu, Sikh priests for Trump's prayer serviceChandigarh TribuneA Hindu priest will be among various religious leaders who will offer prayers at the National Prayer Service of Donald Trump on Saturday, a day after he is sworn in a...
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Ilford Recorder 24 Sikh charity on the streets of Ilford helping to feed those most in needIlford Recorder 24Sikh Empowerment Voluntary Association's (SEVA) Jagdeep Singh Sohal was among those in Ilford, handing out 80 pairs of new shoes on the nigh...
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SBS Sikh boy forced to attend different school over turban ban | SBS NewsSBSA five-year-old boy has been banned from wearing his traditional head-wear at a Melbourne school, because it doesn't conform with the uniform protocol.Reconsider your decisi...
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Times of India Five-year-old Sikh boy denied school enrollment in Australia for wearing turbanTimes of IndiaSikhs are their own enemy and wherever they go create this kind of problem for themselves and for other Indians.There is no reason for 5 year...
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Economic Times 1984 anti-Sikh riots: Supreme Court wants status report on SIT probeThe HinduThe Supreme Court on Monday sought a comprehensive status report on the probe into the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases being investigated by the SIT set up in 2014...
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Hindustan Times Plaques blaming Indira, Rajiv for 1984 anti-Sikh riots to be set up at Delhi memorialHindustan TimesTwo plaques holding former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi responsible for the 1984 riots will be part of a memorial w...
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AZCentral.com Sikh gathering and march in Phoenix promotes tolerance, awarenessAZCentral.comValley Sikhs and others hoping to learn more about the community gathered at the Phoenix Convention Center on Sunday. Loading… Post to Facebook. Sikh gatheri...
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Sikhs to celebrate in Hastings streetsNew Zealand HeraldPhoto / Duncan Brown. Hastings streets will be flooded with colour as a centuries old tradition is celebrated in the inaugural Hastings Sikh Parade. An integral part of Sikh culture, the parad...
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Sikhism FAQs
Sikhism FAQs:How does a Sikh reconcile himself to the secular ideal?
Q11. How does a Sikh reconcile himself to the secular ideal? Sikhism recommends an active life, the life of a house-holder(Grahst), life in society(not in isolation), where every individual makes his contribution to the development of society. There... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
Guru Nanak and Bebe Nanaki ji's Roti
Bebe Nanaki ji and Roti's Xwd kry gurU sI nwnkI phuMcy bwr nw lweI[ (pMQ pRkwS) Translation: Whenever Bibi Nanaki would remember her brother, he would come meet her right away. (Panth Prakash) Bebe Nanaki, the esteemed sister of Sri Guru Nanak... Read More...
WorldGurudwaras.com
Worldgurudwaras.com will strive to be most comprehensive directory of Historical Gurudwaras and Non Historical Gurudwaras around the world.

The etymology of the term 'gurdwara' is from the words 'Gur (ਗੁਰ)' (a reference to the Sikh Gurus) and 'Dwara (ਦੁਆਰਾ)' (gateway in Gurmukhi), together meaning 'the gateway through which the Guru could be reached'. Thereafter, all Sikh places of worship came to be known as gurdwaras.
SearchGurbani.com
SearchGurbani.com brings to you a unique and comprehensive approach to explore and experience the word of God. It has the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Amrit Kirtan Gutka, Bhai Gurdaas Vaaran, Sri Dasam Granth Sahib and Kabit Bhai Gurdas . You can explore these scriptures page by page, by chapter index or search for a keyword. The Reference section includes Mahankosh, Guru Granth Kosh,and exegesis like Faridkot Teeka, Guru Granth Darpan and lot more.
TheSikhEncyclopedia.com
Encyclopedias encapsulate accurate information in a given area of knowledge and have indispensable in an age which the volume and rapidity of social change are making inaccessible much that outside one's immediate domain of concentration.At the time when Sikhism is attracting world wide notice, an online reference work embracing all essential facets of this vibrant faithis a singular contribution to the world of knowledge.
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